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Easy Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce Recipe

Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce is an easy recipe for a flavorful dish that will be a family favorite. Fresh chicken cooked in a spicy tomato and whisky sauce is an easy, crowd-pleasing dish that brings a burst of flavor. It’s perfect for serving over rice, noodles, or even on its own!

This tomato and whiskey chicken recipe is one of the tastiest ways to cook chicken. This recipe requires some work and a lot of patience, but the result is well worth it. You may already have several spices and condiments in your pantry; the only ingredient needed is fresh chicken.

Why is the main ingredient must be fresh?

In the Caribbean, eating fresh poultry is the norm. Migration has not stopped many Caribbean people from eating fresh poultry. When discussing fresh poultry, we refer to buying fresh chicken at a Live Poultry Farm or Livestock Farm.

The chicken is sold the way you want at the Live Poultry Farm, and of course, it will be without feathers. You can have the chicken whole or cut it into smaller pieces, which the recipe requires.

Fresh poultry is required for this recipe because of its freshness, texture, and taste. The exotic flavor will not be accomplished if you use a store-bought chicken that has been frozen and thawed. Another important factor in the recipe is the type of chicken. This recipe tastes best with the “red” chicken, short for the Rhode Island Red Chicken or New Hamshire Red or Red Star Chicken, some of the most popular breeds of red chicken.

Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

The ingredients for the Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

  • Fresh “Red” Chicken: you can buy this at a live poultry farm or use guinea fowl or duck. If you use regular chicken, the cooking time should be reduced.
  • Oil: use either olive oil or canola oil.
  • Fresh Tomatoes: juicy tomatoes are the best and will release their juice faster. Use Campari, Grapevine, Beesfteak, and Roma tomatoes.
  • Haitian Epis: our recipe comprises garlic, thyme, parsley, scallion, and lemon juice.
  • NouBess Chicken Seasoning: you can get it at noubess.com. It is a blend of garlic, thyme, oregano, coriander, marjoram, black pepper, sage, cumin, and other spices.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: I used the Braggs brand
  • Onion: use either red or white onion.
  • Whole Cloves or Ground Cloves: use whichever you want or have.
  • Red Curry Powder: the recipe requires this, not yellow curry or regular curry powder. The taste will be different if you change this ingredient, as they are not the same.
  • Paprika: for a hint of smokiness and color.
  • Dijon Mustard: for flavor and acidity to boost all the other flavors.
  • Whiskey: it is always good to use a good alcohol brand for cooking. The same goes for wine.
  • NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce or hot pepper: this is an optional ingredient. It adds tons of flavor and a wonderful kick of spiciness. If you are using hot pepper, remove the seeds. You can also use a dash of hot pepper flakes.
  • Oyster Sauce: sweet and salty! An Asian flavor note to this dish is perfect.

How to make the Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

After purchasing the fresh chicken from your butcher or a live poultry farm, clean it.

  • To clean: remove any leftover feathers, extra fat, or skin. Place the chicken pieces into a large bowl and add vinegar or lemon juice. Rud the acidic liquid onto each piece of chicken. Add water to the bowl and rinse. Rinse for a second time and completely drain the water. Thoroughly pat dry each piece and set aside.
  • Get the tomatoes, condiments, whiskey, seasonings, and spices ready.
  • Brown the chicken: Heat the oil over medium to high heat in a large skillet (preferably nonstick or a heavy bottom pan). A good pan is needed because the heat needs to be evenly distributed so the chicken pieces can brown nicely. Place the chicken pieces and brown on all sides and set aside. Do not add too many pieces at a time, and do overcrowd the pan.
  • Make the sauce: after browning the chicken pieces in the same pan, add the Epis, chicken seasoning, apple cider vinegar, oyster sauce, dijon mustard, cloves, and whiskey. Stir to mix. Add the tomatoes and stir. Cook over medium heat until all the tomato pieces are broken down to create the sauce.
  • To cook the chicken: add the chicken pieces to the pan and the dried pieces. Add the onion and stir to mix all the ingredients. Lower to heat to low, cover, and cook the chicken for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until fully cooked and soft. If you need more liquid, add hot water only and adjust the taste.
  • To serve: this dish is best served with white rice with Green Peas Puree; Rice and Beans and Salad; Baked Macaroni and Tossed Salad; or with boiled plantains and yams.
Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce
Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

Tips and Notes for the Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

  • This recipe is great with other types of poultry, such as guinea fowl, ducks, and turkey.
  • The cooking time must be adjusted if you use any other type of chicken breed.
  • Why do I need to wash the chicken parts? Why wouldn’t you? Do you know how it was handled? We are accustomed to cleaning our meat, poultry, and fish. And this process is normal for us.
  • A good pan is necessary so the chicken can brown nicely and the pieces do not get stuck on the bottom of the pan after a nice crust is formed.
  • Can I use tomato paste or puree instead of fresh tomatoes? Yes, you can. Depending on the amount of meat, add about 2 – 3 tablespoons.
  • What other type of alcohol can I use: you can use bourbon or rum. You can also use a nice dry red wine.
  • Can I substitute the Epis? Yes, you can; but remember that taste is everything. Use a good seasoning blend, and be careful with the sodium.
  • Why do I need to use the Red Curry Powder? Red curry powder has a different taste than yellow curry. Red Curry Powder is a mixture of chili powder and other spices. The red color adds to the coloring of the dish. And, yes, you can use red curry paste. Yellow curry powder contains turmeric.
  • Can I season the meat before cooking? Yes, you can. It would be best to roast the chicken and add it to the sauce. The sauce should be created by cooking down the marinade and adding the tomatoes, whiskey, and onion.

This an easy recipe for those who don’t have time to cook but want to make something healthy and delicious. The chicken will taste amazing. Enjoy!

Chicken in Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

Chicken with Tomato and Whiskey Sauce

A delicious chicken recipe that goes with any side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dinner, poultry dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 8
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

To clean

  • Remove any leftover feathers, extra fat, or skin. Place the chicken pieces into a large bowl and add vinegar or lemon juice. Rud the acidic liquid onto each piece of chicken. Add water to the bowl and rinse. Rinse for a second time and completely drain the water. Thoroughly pat dry each piece and set aside.
  • Get the tomatoes, condiments, whiskey, seasonings, and spices ready.

Brown the Chicken

  • Brown the chicken: Heat the oil over medium to high heat in a large skillet (preferably nonstick or a heavy bottom pan). A good pan is needed because the heat needs to be evenly distributed so the chicken pieces can brown nicely. Place the chicken pieces and brown on all sides and set aside. Do not add too many pieces at a time, and do overcrowd the pan.

Make the Sauce

  • After browning the chicken pieces in the same pan, add the Epis, chicken seasoning, apple cider vinegar, oyster sauce, dijon mustard, cloves, and whiskey. Stir to mix. Add the tomatoes and stir. Cook over medium heat until all the tomato pieces are broken down to create the sauce.
  • To cook the chicken: add the chicken pieces to the pan and the dried pieces. Add the onion and stir to mix all the ingredients. Lower to heat to low, cover, and cook the chicken for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until fully cooked and soft. If you need more liquid, add hot water only and adjust the taste.

To serve

  • This dish is best served with white rice with Green Peas Puree; Rice and Beans and Salad; Baked Macaroni and Tossed Salad; or with boiled plantains and yams.

Notes

  • This recipe is great with other types of poultry, such as guinea fowl, ducks, and turkey.
  • The cooking time must be adjusted if you use any other type of chicken breed.
  • Why do I need to wash the chicken parts? Why wouldn’t you? Do you know how it was handled? We are accustomed to cleaning our meat, poultry, and fish. And this process is normal for us.
  • A good pan is necessary so the chicken can brown nicely and the pieces do not get stuck on the bottom of the pan after a nice crust is formed.
  • Can I use tomato paste or puree instead of fresh tomatoes? Yes, you can. Depending on the amount of meat, add about 2 – 3 tablespoons.
  • What other type of alcohol can I use: you can use bourbon or rum. You can also use a nice dry red wine.
  • Can I substitute the Epis? Yes, you can; but remember that taste is everything.
  • Use a good seasoning blend, and be careful with the sodium.
  • Why do I need to use the Red Curry Powder? Red curry powder has a different taste than yellow curry. Red Curry Powder is a mixture of chili powder and other spices. The red color adds to the coloring of the dish. And, yes, you can use red curry paste. Yellow curry powder contains turmeric.
  • Can I season the meat before cooking? Yes, you can. It would be best to roast the chicken and add it to the sauce. The sauce should be created by cooking down the marinade and adding the tomatoes, whiskey, and onion.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 260mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 717IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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